Wild Robots: Bodies & Signs

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On Wednesday, March 15, from 5-6 pm, at BCNM Commons, Ian Ingram, a Los Angeles-based artist will be presenting a body of his work.

Ian Ingram is a Los Angeles-based artist who builds mechatronic and robotic objects that borrow facets from animal morphology and behavior, from the forms and movements of machines, and from our stories about animals. The resulting works–often intended to cohabitate and interact with animals in the wild–explore the manmade object’s future as a willful entity and our relationship with non-human animals and with our technology.

Many of Ingram’s works since 2005 have been attempts to create messy webs in the Umwelts of specific non-human species and human beings by creating behavioral objects that–in scale, form, agency and gesture–make signals truly meaningful to the non-human species but often in a playful narrative built from the conceits of the human perspective.

Ingram has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Andy Warhol Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, Toluca; the Yada Gallery in Nagoya; Hasbro, Inc.; Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax; Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen; and recently the Victoria and Albert Museum. Ingram has a BS and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Videos and photographs of Ingram’s work can be found at http://www.ianingram.org.



The BCNM was pleased to host a discussion on “Wild Robots” with Ian Ingram on March 15th, 2017. Ian, an artist who builds robotic systems that borrow from animal morphology and behavior to question our nature of communication, discussed the development of his artistic practice and some of his key works. From a system of communication that used leaves to tell plants and squirrels how an internal combustion engine worked, to an apple that was bruised based on the interior noise of a gallery, Ian investigates how we tell our stories and visualize these narratives in the natural world. Over time, Ian has shifted from questions of direct communication to interaction and some of his recent works have involved creating robots that are placed out in the “wild” to cohabitate with animals.

Ian’s wildly humorous talk was a delight and raised important questions about our technological impact on nature and how we interact with and communicate not only with out environment but with the tools that we use.

2017 Ian Ingram